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Point Cook College

No 19, December 2015

Point Cook College, 18-50 Ponsford Drive Point Cook,
Melbourne, Australia 3030. Tel: 03 83487100

From The Principal's Desk

Frank Vetere

Thank you for great year at Point Cook College!

At this time of year we take the opportunity to reflect on the year just past and I am extremely proud of what we together, as a learning community have achieved.

It has been a very successful year with the continued development and enhancement of our quality teaching and learning programs. In our first year of the new Strategic Plan we have had a strong focus on student achievement paying particular attention to student growth not only academically but also socially and emotionally.

Our students are to be praised on their enthusiasm, creativity and positive attitude in achieving and in many cases exceeding their learning goals. The College staff is to be acknowledged for their endless drive, innovation and professionalism in their various roles as educators, administrators, student councillors and leaders. Their ongoing commitment to making Point Cook College an engaging and motivating learning environment for all really inspires me.

On Monday morning I had the pleasure of hosting a morning tea to say thank you to the countless parents, friends and relatives who have given up their valuable time during the year to support staff and students with learning. Thank you, your efforts are truly appreciated by all staff and students.

To our Year 9 Graduates I congratulate you all on achieving this significant educational milestone in your life. We wish you continued success and individual growth as you explore your next pathways in life. We are confident that whatever you chose to do you will continue to make Point Cook College proud of you as productive, caring and responsible citizens of the future.

College Captains

Last night I had the honour of announcing our College Captains for 2016. Congratulations Jemi Banson and Riarn Richards. At the same time we acknowledged the outstanding leadership of our outgoing College Captains, Rubina Singh, Tamara Douthat and Lochie McNeilly.


Please join me in farewelling and thanking the following staff members who won’t be returning at the beginning of 2016. We wish them all the very best in their new endeavours and thank them for their contributions to Point Cook College.

Ms. Stephanie Walker, Ms. Hannah McNamara, Mr. Neil Mitchell, Ms. Megan Blackman, Mr. Nathan Cuthbertson, Mr. Dale Evans and Ms. Madeleine Notley. I would also like to take the opportunity to wish Mrs Sally Hill all the very best during her family leave in 2016.

Farewell to the families who are leaving us and moving to other school communities. We hope your association with Point Cook College has been positive and rewarding. We wish you all the best.

Have a great break, enjoy the festivities and be SAFE over the summer and re-turn in 2016 ready for another great year.

On behalf of all staff at Point Cook College I wish you a great fulfilled festive season with family and friends and a happy, safe and prosperous New Year. See you at the end of January. I have included a poem that I would like the entire college community to reflect on and remember that our core business is children and that all children are special and deserve to be celebrated!

Frank Vetere

College Principal

P-4 News

On Friday the 18th December, we will be holding a final formal assembly for all Prep to Year 4 students. This special assembly will take place in the gym starting at 9.15am. Parents are welcome.

The Prep to Year Four community has ended the year on a high. We have had many special activities and excursions and the students have had lots of fun. The preps ended their year with a Christmas Concert on Monday the 14th December. This special day is always a highlight for the preps and their parents and grand parents. We get many people into the gym to admire the work of the prep team as well as the Performing Arts Team. I would like to say a huge thank you to all involved.

The Year One students ended with their challenge day. They had a variety of challenges to work on and the day ended with their parents visiting their homerooms. The Year Two students had their last Genius Hour and then their parents also got to visit their homerooms.

The Year Three and Four students ended their year with two very special excursions. The students all thoroughly enjoyed these highlights to the end of a busy year.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.

I look forward to seeing all students again next year.

Stay safe and look after yourselves.

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P - 4


Important Dates - December

  • 18th Last Day Of School 12:00pm Finish
  • 18th Yr Prep - 4 end of year assembly @ 9:15 in the gym

Important Dates - January

  • 29th Friday - Students return to school
  • 29th Friday - Parent Morning Tea

Student Banking

Please note that there will be no Student Banking on the last day of school which is Friday the 18th December. Student Banking will be processed on Thursdays in 2016.

2016 Parent's Morning Tea

We will be holding a special morning tea on the first day of school for all parents and carers. Once your child has settled with their teacher, please meet us in the gym. We hope to see you there!

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

Uniform Sale

Dear Parents/ Guardians If at the end of the year you find you have school uniform you no longer need, please consider donating it to the school for our second hand uniform sale. We are hoping to have a sale in the first few weeks of the new school year. Once the date is confirmed next year we will inform you through the newsletter.

Please drop off uniform donations to the office or sick bay. Thank you.

Money raised through the sale is donated to State School Relief Fund.

Please refer to the College Website for information regarding our Uniform Policy Review and Guidelines for 2016.

Robyn Fincher

Bully Stoppers

Student Animation

As part of the Bully Stoppers Grant that we successfully applied for, an eLeaders action team was introduced at PCC. Eighteen students from years 3-8 worked together every week to learn and promote what positive relationships, cyber safety and digital learners look like at PCC.

Over the last term the eLeaders have been working extremely hard on their first ever Cyber Safety Stop Frame animation. The animation is based on a group of four friends Nash, Frankie, Freddy and Viv.

Nash goes home after catching up with her friends and logs onto her social media accounts. Without realizing, Nash falls asleep. Whilst she is in this dream world, Nash becomes a cyber bully. She is mean to her friends online and through text messages. Finally Nash realizes that what she is doing is wrong. She loses her friends on her social media accounts and her friends don’t want to see her anymore. Nash realizes that the only way she can make it better is to log out of her accounts, spend some time off her device and speak to her friends. Suddenly Nash wakes up and feels really awful. Could she have really sent those things to her friends? She didn’t want this to happen to anyone. She was going to stand up against Cyber Bullying!

Click on the "Read More" button to watch the animation.

Sally Hill


Watch Now

The PCCTV crew have been working hard to bring you our last episode of PCCTV for 2015. Episode 12 is now available for you to watch.

We are also getting close to finishing off all the College Concert videos. These will be posted on our Facebook page and Website during the holidays.

David Williams

1:1 BYO iPad 2016


Dear Parents, Thank you for supporting our 1:1 iPad program in 2016. During term 3 and 4 this year we held a total of 6 parent information sessions to provide you with all the information for the rollout of our BYO iPad program in 2016. Click on the "Read More" link below to open a summary of this information and everything you need to know about the program for students in year 3-9.

David Williams

Library News

Chess Competition

This term we ran a knockout chess competition for those interested. There were some great matches with students randomly drawn. We had competitors from different grades playing each other. It was brilliant to see how positive and supportive they were of each other as well as displaying real sportmanship. The winner was Luke Guastalegname from 6B. Well done Luke. It was a very tense and close game, only just beating Sumati Sumanam representing 9DS.

Sonja Faust

EAL News

Year 3 EAL performance

This term we have been learning about narratives. The two EAL groups read a different story. We learnt about the characters, their feelings, the setting and the events in the story. We performed the plays for each other. The plays were 'The Ugly Ducking' and 'The Little Red Hen.' We made costumes and props for our plays. It was fun!

Written by Year 3 EAL students

Year 1 Friendship Garden

Buddy Benches

In the last month PCC were lucky enough to have 2 Buddy Benches donated by Antonette and Bunnings Hoppers Crossing. The benches will be positioned next year within the play ground to support students who have difficulty finding a friend to play with. Last week Antonette and Year 1s painted the Buddy Benches in anticipation of their placement around the school.

The Year 1s have also been working on painting some large planters ready for plants. We hope to have these planted before the holidays. Keep an eye out for our brightly coloured benches and pots.

Janelle Freeman


Congratulations Sophia Potter

Sophia Potter has spent her last 5 days competing at the Victoria Age State Swimming Championships. She's had an amazing few days and some fantastic achievements.

In Victoria she is ranked as follows

  • 100m backstroke 26th, time 1:18.07
  • 100m freestyle 22nd, time 1:07.71
  • 100m breaststroke 7th, time 1:23.68 (this is 2.68 seconds off a Australian Age qualifying time).
  • 200m breaststroke 10th, time 3:07.49
  • 50m freestyle 17th, time 30.38
  • 200m backstroke 12th, time 2:44.76
  • 200m backstroke 12th, time 2:44.76
  • 200m Individual medley 10th, time 2:45.79
  • 400m freestyle 10th, time 5:14.02

Well Done to Sophia! This shows that all her hard work, commitment and determination has paid off. Congratulations!

Matt Saunders

I See You

Collen Wilson

It’s a time of badges, certificates, medals, trophies, recognition, awards, prizes and 'seeing' of high achievement. I love seeing the kids that shine at this time of year - a big high heartfelt round of applause to you. You so deserve it for the effort you have put in.

But this message is for the kids that didn't get called up for any of the above...


To the child that conquered their fear of heights, or sleeping in the dark, or riding without training wheels or sleeping out for the night for the first time this year, I SEE YOU.

To the child that managed to resolve more conflict than they started this year, to the child that learnt to say the impossible; "I'm sorry," and to the child that walked away from the fighting instead of getting involved, I SEE YOU.

To the child for whom school is a huge struggle, you get up everyday and you go, I SEE YOU.

To the child that battled all year with the maths, or reading, or concentration, or speaking out in class, or learning their words, but persevered anyway, I SEE YOU.

To the child that found the kindness in their heart reached out in anyway to another person or to an animal in need or in pain, I SEE YOU.

To the child that learnt to give and to share for the first time this year and even found joy in these, I SEE YOU.

To the child that battles to make friends and to be social, you made new friends this year and for that, I SEE YOU.

To the child who wanted so much to please, but was just out of sight of an adult who perhaps was too busy or too distracted, I SEE YOU.

To the child who lost a friend or a loved one this year, but carried on everyday bravely even though their heart ached, I SEE YOU.

To the brave parents that try everyday to do the best for their kids, I SEE YOU.

May you and your children revel in small but significant victories that you have both experienced this year, as I will with my beautiful children. For every year there is progress and growth, we don't need a podium or handshake or a hall of applause to be seen.


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